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Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu

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Take the Challenge of the Inca Trail

  • Trek the most popular hike of South America

  • Walk in the footsteps of the Inca on 500-year-old trail

  • Explore all the ruins of this historical scenic trek

  • Hike through to Sun Gate directly to Majestic Machu Picchu.

  • Choose the best Inca trail for you – 1, 2, 4 or 5 day

What to Expect when Booking

  • Small intimate groups of 2 to 8 person

  • Guaranteed 2 or more book, you go!

  • Porters included at no extra cost

  • Best campsites, Winayhauyna included

  • Highly trained English-speaking guides

  • 100% Local Tour Operator.

The Inca Trail Trek is known as one of the world’s ten best hikes. The trail was built by the Incas over 900 years ago to connect their capital city of Cusco to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu. This hike offers trekkers incredible vistas of Andean glacial peaks to tropical forests as they walk this historical trail of 45Km/26 miles through the Sun Gate to the legendary Machu Picchu Citadel. Besides the Classic Inca Trail of 4 days there are additional options of 1, 2, or 5-day treks to allow all travelers the option to experience this incredible trek. The 1 and 2 day treks are the last one third of the Inca Trail and enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.

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FAQs AND INFORMATIONS FOR HIKING THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU IN

How early should I book for the 2021 Inca Trail Trek

It depends on your chosen tour option. If you’re booking the short Inca Trail to the ancient citadel, we advise you to book two to four months in advance. On the other hand, if you’re aiming for the classic four-day Inca trek or the extended five-day option, you’ll need to schedule even earlier to get the date you want. Depending on your preferred month, you may need to book six months (or more) in advance. The permits for Inca tours are expected to come out in October 2020 (for 2021 treks). Plus, many of the dates are booked up within minutes.

As your tour provider, we do our best to obtain the permits for your chosen date. We are able to secure the preferred dates for our customers most of the time. Just to be on the safe side, we recommend that you provide us with at least two alternative dates in the event that we’re unable to get permits for the date you want. This allows us to secure permits for you and make sure you get the opportunity to experience an incredible Inca trail journey.

Why do I need to book before the release of the permits?

We make sure that our hikers’ information is ready to use and up to date to secure the Inca Trail permit on their preferred dates. Peak months, such as May and June, sell out within minutes. Any delays in booking could prevent us from obtaining your Inca Trail permit, especially for the four-day Inca Trail.

Is it possible to change the start date after booking?

You can make adjustments on the starting date for the 2021 Inca Trails before the permits go on sale in October 2019.

Once we buy the permits, however, you may no longer move the start date, transfer the permit to another hiker, or obtain a refund. If you want to change the date, a new permit purchase is required

Is it possible to book at the last minute?

It may be possible to book at the last minute with the 2 day or 1 day Inca Trail and perhaps the Classic Inca Trail (4 or 5 day) if you are looking to trek in a month of the year where demand is lower. However, it is not recommended! The permits are not the only item that can book out, trains and hotels can also book out. Please do not wait until the last minute, book now if you have set dates!

What details do you need to book a permit?

We need the personal information appearing on your passport. This includes your complete name, date of birth, passport number, gender and nationality. After booking, please provide us with a copy of your passport.

You may also book using the personal details on your driver’s license. Just make sure that the information on your license matches the details on your passport.

My passport will expire before my arrival in Peru (or I don’t have a passport yet). What do I need to do?

If you’ve applied for your passport but haven’t received it, use your driver’s license to book with us. Once you have your new passport, email us a picture of it along with your driver’s license. We’ll update the information that will go on the permit. Please bring both forms of identification when you visit Peru.

You can use your passport to book your hike if it is expiring. Once you get your new passport, take a photo of that along with your old passport. Then email us the pictures and bring both passports when you come to Peru

Is it possible to trek the Inca Trail without a tour provider?

No. The Peruvian government has strictly regulated the Inca Trail. Only fully licensed tour operators can book this hike. We take pride in the fact that we’re one of the few fully licensed Inca Trail tour operators in Peru. You won’t regret putting your trust in us.

How large will your travel groups be in 2022?

We specialize in small groups of two to eight people. We want all our hikers to have the best journey possible. Keeping the groups small allows you to get to know your fellow travelers better and helps you have a great trekking experience.

Can I book a private Inca Trail tour?

You have the option to book a private hike at an additional cost. The fee varies, depending on the private group size. If you go on a private tour, you’ll have your own chef, porters, personal guide, toilet tent and dining tent. Take note, though, that you won’t be hiking or camping alone on the trail, as there may be other groups who are camping and hiking on the same path.

I’m sold. How do I book?

You have the option to book a private hike at an additional cost. The fee varies, depending on the private group size. If you go on a private tour, you’ll have your own chef, porters, personal guide, toilet

The process is easy. Just click the BOOK NOW link and follow the instructions. If you have further questions, you can either give us a call or chat with us online.

When booking, get your passport details ready and email us a copy of your passport. Once we get your completed booking form and the deposit fee, we’ll send you an email confirmation. Once the government releases the permits, our staff will send another confirmation stating that we’ve secured the permits for your desired date.

The process is easy. Just click the BOOK NOW link and follow the instructions. If you have further questions, you can either give us a call or chat with us online.

When booking, get your passport details ready and email us a copy of your passport. Once we get your completed booking form and the deposit fee, we’ll send you an email confirmation. Once the government releases the permits, our staff will send another confirmation stating that we’ve secured the permits for your desired date.

An incredible journey awaits you. Book with us today.

WHY BOOK WITH SAM TRAVEL?

SAM Travel was born of our love for sharing these beautiful places with travelers. Our owner ( Saúl Alvarez ) went from porter to guide to business owner, without losing sight of his roots. We know how to show you the most beautiful places and give you the most authentic experiences. For Sam Travel our guides are the most important in the business, they all are fluent in Ingles and passoinated about teh culture. They are all trained and retrained in first aid and carry satellite phones for any emergency to be connected to a medical professional when or if needed. We can guarantee our guides will make you feel like hiking with your own family or friends

EXPERT Direct & 100% Local Tour operaor

All our Tours & Treks are provided only by SAM Travel Peru staff and professional guides. What that means for you is that SAM Travel Peru will never pass you onto another company or 3rd Party .

Our Camping Equipment

Enjoy a good night sleep in our 4 season igloo waterproof, spacious and professional EUREKA tent. All our tents are 4 person tents. ONLY 2 people will sleep in each, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bag.

Small Groups for Big Wows

To ensure a more personalized service for our guests, at SAM Travel Peru we have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups..

Unique Tours & Trekking Packages for all budgets

We have the most customized tours and packages for all budgets. They are created to meet our clients’ desires and needs when looking for something unique in a travel experience.

Gourmet and Hearty Meals

SAM TRAVEL PERÚ has one of the most outstanding meal services. Our chefs have been highly trained to prepare the best peruavian food our treks.

Our Commitment to the Environment

SAM Travel Peru has annual clean-up campaigns that creates awareness towards people across the planet that have the same desires to help protect the environment. It is our commitment in creating a positive and sustainable contribution towards the quality of life for rural Andean communities. .

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Dannielle P
Dannielle P
2022-07-04
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Professional and attentive service with incredible scenery Sam Travel were fantastic to work with and very responsive on email especially as plans were ever changing with covid. We are two couples who did the 4D/3N Lares trek to Machu Picchu including Lares Hot springs. Our guide Fabian was so attentive and helpful during our trek with perfect English and great sense of humor. His passion for Machu Picchu was obvious and made the entire experience an unforgettable one. Our chefs Nadio and Julio, and horsemen Roberto and Masalino were so professional and wonderful at what they do. The food was incredible and they were so attentive and efficient. Would definitely recommend this trek to anyone wanting an alternative experience to the more popular Inca and Salkantay treks. The scenery was breathtaking (as was the altitude). Thank you again to Fabian and the team.…
Kathy
Kathy
2022-07-04
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Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, and Macchu Picchu I had two different tours through Sam Travel Peru and both were wonderful experiences. Adner and Jahdiel (JD) we’re great guides through several sites in the Sacred Valley. Danny led my short Inca trail tour and Macchu Picchu visit. The guides were all very knowledgeable and so accommodating. Adner took us to a lace for authentic textiles after we expressed an interest in that. Danny was a great leader through a very long hike. He constantly encouraged us to take our time, stop for breaks and take lots of pictures. If I return to Peru I will definitely book all my tours with Sam Peru Travel.…
Madison G
Madison G
2022-07-04
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Sacred Valley Tour I had a great time with our guide, Rolando and our driver Ruben on the one day sacred valley tour. Would highly recommend!
Tor
Tor
2022-07-04
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Peru Trip! Jose was a fantastic tour guide!! He showed us all the best spots to see the sites and take pictures. During our tours he made the information fun and connected things from the previous day.
Keti29
Keti29
2022-07-04
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A must visit tour Really enjoyed and highly recommend this tour. Our guide Jose was very well informed. He gave good overview on Inca culture and history. The pickup and dropoff were on time. All the tourists attractions mentioned in the package were visited.Being a vegetarian, I didn't face any food options problem on this tour.…
Liam K
Liam K
2022-07-04
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Best trip of my life (so far) José is very kind and fun to spend the trip with. He is also very knowledgeable about the history of all of the sites that we visited, as well as the history of the Inca and Peru in general. The information he provided really enhanced the trip a lot. If I could give 6 stars, I…
Footprints639558
Footprints639558
2022-07-04
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Inca trail We did Inca trail 3N/4D trip with Sam travel and Johnny was our guide. We had fantastic time hiking with him, Johnny is very knowledgeable explaining Inca history, very accommodative with our requests. Whole crew was vey helpful, feeding us good food.
Misty R
Misty R
2022-07-03
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Ask for Liz Montesinos!! I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 day tour with Sam Peru. My guide, Liz Montesinos, was not only professional but also extremely knowledgeable, helpful and fun. She made the entire experience that much more memorable by teaching me more about both the historic and modern day culture of…
Nicolle W
Nicolle W
2022-07-03
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Amazing experience I had zero experience in hiking before starting the trail and soon realized the task was not a small one. Our guide, Johnny was very caring and ensured everyone in the group felt safe and enjoyed their time regardless of their pace, so don’t feel scared if you’re a newbie like…
Gabriel P
Gabriel P
2022-07-03
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Inca Trail The 4 day Inca Trail was fantastic! The views were second to none.Johnny was a amazing guide and the rest of the crew were incredible! Highly Recommend!!

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